Akemi Welsh – Director
Akemi Welsh is the founder and director of The Polynesian Paradise Dancers. She has been dancing since the age of 6 and graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts -Musical and Theatre Conservatory. With a passion for the arts she has studied various forms of performing arts such as: jazz, ballet, tap, mime, singing and musical theatre. During her professional dance career Akemi performed with Long Beach Classical Ballet and the Southern California Dance Theatre in several productions of the Nutcracker and other modern works, Classical Opera with Professor Chao Mei Pa the co-founder of the Shanghai Conservatory, was casted as the role of Liat in 5 productions of “South Pacific” including a national tour with John Rait and Jack Jones, she has also held roles as Eliza in the “King and I” and the role of Pocahontas in a Taiwan tour. In addition to winning numerous awards as a dancer and singer, Akemi has performed and produced 28 national and international tours. She has been featured in numerous commercials, including ads for MCI, Ameritech, Pepsi, Miller beer, Visa, as well as music videos for Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner. Buena Vista Pictures also hired her as a consultant for Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Beach Party” at the El Capitan Theater (Hollywood, CA). This led to numerous other talent coordinating projects such as: Finding Nemo (Disney), 50 First Dates (Adam Sandler), Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee, Playboy Mansion, NBC Press Tour, ABC Prime Time, Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney), Dancing with the Stars (ABC) and Bedtime Stories (Adam Sandler). Some celebrity clients that Akemi has worked with included Tanya Tucker, Dr. Dre, Adam Sandler, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Darrel Dorr – Technical Director
For the past twenty years Darrel has created and produced entertainment shows for some of the world’s largest companies. With a strong show background and a passion for creative entertainment concepts has built a large reputation of excellence in producing high quality live entertainment and visual media.
In 1982 he joined the Walt Disney Company and was made producer of all target market activities for the newly formed Disney Channel. He was credited with creating many new concepts in touring shows which included Mousercise, You and Me, Kid and D- TV. He also produced numerous segments for national network shows like Good Morning America, The Today Show and Regis and Kathy Lee. His Disney Television Specials Include: The Disneyland Summer Special, Spring Break at Disneyland, The Rose Parade special, The American Teacher Awards and many more.
During 1986, Darrel became a show director at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. For the next eleven years Disneyland would serve as a laboratory where Darrel would polish his skills with productions for the Olympics, NBA half-time shows, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, The California Governors Inaugural and commercial work for GM, M and M Mars, Taylor Rentals and National Car Rental. In this role Darrel directed some of Hollywood’s finest performers which include: James Earl Jones, George Burns, Michael York, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow Following his work at Disneyland, Darrel joined the newly formed Walt Disney Special Events Group. The dynamics of WDSEG were vast and open to all Walt Disney Company divisions which provided a whole new world of experience in entertainment. Darrel directed and produced film and television premieres for features such as ConAir, 102 Dalmatians, The Emperor’s New Groove and Aladdin the Prince of Thieves. He also produced world tours for Radio Disney working with music acts: Baha Men, , Hoku, Krystal, A-teens, Randy Travis and Aaron Carter.
With a desire to pursue documentary films and commercial television projects, Darrel left the Walt Disney Company and created the TV commercial company, Darrel Dorr Productions in 2002. Today, he spends his time developing film and television projects. He lives with his wife and two children in Lake Forest and serves as President of the production company.
Rebecca Reyes – Booking Assistant
Rebecca Reyes is a graduate from the University of Texas, at Arlington with a B.A. in Communication, emphasis in Broadcast Management and a minor in English. She has been the Booking Agent Assistant with PPD since 2007. In addition to being Booking Agent Assistant, she is also an active and involved member of her community, serving as the PTA President at a local school. Rebecca spent time at the radio station KRLD in Dallas, TX where she booked various famous authors, chefs, actors, and musicians for the station. Upon her return to California she was offered a job with local news station KFWB. She also has previous work experience in sales, risk management, appraisal, and teaching. This variety of experience has been instrumental in building relationships with our various clients, and booking the shows. She is responsible for booking some of our most memorable shows in California, Arizona, Washington, Delaware and overseas to Abu Dhabi.